A Safer Start to the New Year

We make no apology for the fact that cyber-crime, scams, spam, hacks and such like are a recurring theme here in the news pages of the Jones Harris website.

If you use the internet you can’t underestimate the need to keep safe online. However big your business is, you are vulnerable if you use the internet and you should always follow basic security rules when using your desktops, laptops, phones and mobile devices. The world-wide cost of cyber-crime is estimated at $445 billion. With 7 billion people on the planet, that’s $63.5 of fraud each per year – bearing in mind that millions of people won’t even use the internet.

In November 2016, the Chancellor Philip Hammond outlined plans for £1.9 billion of investment into Britain’s cyber security. This staggering amount of money which the Government is planning to spend on making the UK one of the safest places in the world to do business online gives you some idea of the scale of the current cyber security problem.

The ‘National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021’ almost doubles the funding of the previous strategy, and aims to protect us all against growing cyber threats, deter attacks and support the growth of the cyber security industry, while at the same time developing a cyber-ready work force which is world class.

You can read more about the Government’s plans for cyber security here 

If you are self-employed or work in a small family business it’s relatively easy to keep safe online with good anti-virus software and verbally sharing rules for best practice. In a larger business it’s not that easy and you should be looking at putting systems and guides in place so that everyone within the business maintains good online security.

There’s a useful Government fact sheet here with pointers for reducing cyber risk in 10 critical areas.

If you are concerned about cyber-security within your own business – or if IT is a complete mystery to you – then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Jones Harris and we’ll put you in touch with one of our huge network of professional experts who will be able to help you.

Whatever you do, please don’t ignore any vulnerability that puts your business at risk.

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